Guatemalan security authorities have announced on Monday, September 9, the deployment of 2000 additional security personnel to 22 municipalities in the five northeastern departments of Alta Verapaz, El Progreso, Izabal, Petén, and Zacapa. This decision follows the death of three army soldiers killed by suspected drug traffickers in Izabal's town of Semuy II a few days prior, which prompted Congress to issue a 30-day emergency decree on Saturday, September 7, imposing a curfew in the aforementioned departments. The exact time of the curfew remains unclear. The decree also allow the military to carry out arrests of potential suspects and bar any protest. Schools in Semuy II have closed until further notice due to the insecurity. A heightened security presence is to be expected in these areas.
Security forces will aim to bring security to the region, highly affected by extortion, drug trafficking, and little official government presence.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to anticipate an increased security presence and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities
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